So I promised you that I would later speak about the Johnstone sisters and in particular their illustrations.
Janet and Anne were twins, who embarked on a lifelong illustrating career together, Janet was responsible for drawing animals and Anne's specialty was period costumes. Throughout their lifetimes they illustrated hundreds and hundreds of children's books. Despite their work during the 50s, they've been most notable for their work in Dodie Smith's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, as well as their work with Dean & Son, Mae Broadley and Enid Blyton.
However, in 1979 Janet died in an accident in her home, which I've heard was a fire (?) Anne had to then learn how to draw animals and so carry on the great work they'd been doing. She went on to illustrate The Water Babies, Peter Pan, My Christmas Book of Stories and Carols and many more.
Today I am going to share with you a book, that appears to be quite rare, I've only ever seen a tiny selection of its images online, and its thought to be virtually unseen. But I managed to find it on a German site a while ago and ordered it as quickly as I could (truly hoping that it was the right one.)
The book called Stories from Hans Christian Andersen translated by Mae Broadley and illustrated by the Johnstone sisters was published by World Distributed in 1968. Following the typical style of the sisters everything is done in intricate detail, however, it seems as though some of the colours are more faint compared to other books of theirs I own.
I adore the little harlequin with her pretty patterns!
This one story is a little more frightening, but I love the use of shadow and in particularly the stained glass windows.This one is The Red Shoes.
Part of me still prefers the Disney version, I know, I know, how can you? But being the person I am I love the happy ending.
Thank you for reading!
Next Time: The Magic World of Fairies - Illustrated by Beverlie Manson